Law changes from 26 March freeze rent increases and limit tenancy terminations.
What do you need to know when you’re starting a new tenancy? Watch this video, where a young house gets some helpful tips from another.
Starting a Tenancy (transcript)
Bigger house: Oh, it’d be a fair few over the years. I assume everyone’s signed the tenancy agreement?
Smaller house: A-durr, everyone knows you have to do that. But um ... what’s the clemency decreement thing again?
Bigger house: The tenancy agreement is something the landlord and the tenants have to sign. It’s actually a contract, but you knew that.
Smaller house: Yeah yeah. Oooh! Ha hey, what’s happening now?
Bigger house: They’re taking pictures of you.
Smaller house: Ah, cool. It’s like an episode of Homes of the Rich and Famous!
Bigger house: Rental homes of a middle income street, more like!
Smaller house: Come here and say that!
Bigger house: Settle down. If you’re a bit new to renting, there’s a couple of must-do’s. Make sure everyone’s signed the tenancy agreement and knows whether it’s periodic or fixed term.
Take pictures of the general condition of the property, appliances and any existing damage or wear.
Smaller house: Make sure you get my good side.
Bigger house: Be good if you had a quiet side.
There’s more info on this website.